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Level 3 Spine Therapy: November 5, 2012

Two months ago, Winston Jackson would’ve been hard pressed to attempt this.

“Yeah, I have an out of line disk and a pinched nerve,” says Winston Jackson, undergoing spine therapy.

A sore spine made even the smallest movements incredibly painful.

“Lifting anything over ten pounds or bending down low to lift anything you get a sharp pain in lower back, like a knife,” says Jackson.

In 2007 alone, 27 million Americans over age 18 reported having back problems. It is so pervasive, medical professionals are constantly seeking new ways to beat back pain.

Lee Memorial Health System is tackling the spine problem with a three-prong approach.

“Phase one is when you first are aware that you’re having back pain, when you first go to the doctor. Phase two is when you first start traditional physical therapy, so you’re working one-on-one with a therapist reducing the pain and inflammation. Phase three, which is kind of a more unique idea that we have been offering here at the Wellness Center, is to try and get you back into a more general exercise problem,” says Kath Kinross, doctor of physical therapy with Lee Memorial Health System.

That’s where we found Jackson, in level three- spine therapy.

How many do you do? “I do two sets mostly everything of the weight,” says Jackson.

“It’s mostly anything that has to do with your normal function of your back that you would do in a normal day, they are doing it here with weights,” says Jackson.

“When people first start with the Phase three we take the time to show them how to set-up the equipment, which really gives us a chance to actually really practice how to bend and how to move something that has a little bit of weight to it and not hurt your back,” says Kinross.

This final level of therapy stresses four fundamentals: flexibility, strength, endurance and education. It’s made a huge difference to Jackson.

“Oh yeah, I mean I can lift my kids now,” says Jackson.

Proving it helps to have someone, watching your back.